I always wished that 1984 would happen again. That year, ALL five songs nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscar Awards were Billboard Number One songs. These were the title songs from Footloose, Against All Odds, Ghostbusters, "Let's Hear It for the Boy" also from Footloose, and the eventual winner "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red (by Stevie Wonder).
When this year's list of nominees came out, I just really know one of these songs (the ubiquitous "Let It Go" of course).
However, having listened to all of them, I can say this is a pretty strong bunch. Because of sheer star power of the artist and as a tribute to the recently departed world icon the song is dedicated to, the U2 song stands out to be favorite. It already won the Golden Globe, the Oscar may not be far behind.
Listen to the Nominees for BEST ORIGINAL SONG OSCAR 2014 and judge. Which one of them would you like to win?
"Alone Yet Not Alone" from ALONE YET NOT ALONE
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
"Happy" from DESPICABLE ME 2
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
"Let It Go" from FROZEN
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"The Moon Song" from HER
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
"Ordinary Love" from MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson